The Liturgy Commission
The Liturgy Commission undertakes long-range planning and program evaluation and monitors the liturgical life of the parish. Chair: Shannon Harder Ronald 253.678.7359. Staff liaison: Monica Steele, 253.272.5136 ext. 112.
The Liturgical Ministries
Acolytes take responsibility for setting up for the liturgy and serve as book bearer for the presider during the liturgy. These servers are concerned with books and other objects used in the liturgy and they have an awareness of how things are to be handled. They know the order of the liturgy thoroughly, can anticipate each moment and need, and can meet these with grace and reverence. They are prepared for the expected AND the unexpected and are sensitive to the way in which they can influence the atmosphere of prayer by their presence. They arrive early and stay late, making sure that everything and everyone that is needed for the celebration of liturgy is ready.
Bread bakers bake bread to be used at the weekend liturgies. These people enjoy baking and sharing what they prepare with many others.
Church decorators help prepare the church environment for Christmas Eve, the Easter Vigil, and other special times. This ministry is for those who enjoy working to prepare a sacred space for liturgy using the myriad symbols at our disposal: flowers, banners, candles, plants, boughs, wreaths, trees, etc. We need people who might not see themselves as particularly creative but love to take directions and help implement others’ ideas: people who are movers and ladder climbers, among others. It requires a block of time on the Sunday afternoon preceding Christmas and from about 6 PM to 9 PM on Good Friday and 10 AM to noon on Holy Saturday. It may require occasional other times for other special events.
The Environment and Art Team
The Environment and Art Team help fashion a place to pray together by creating an environment that is hospitable, welcoming, clean, human, honest, and beautiful. This is all done in a way which points beyond to the awe and wonder that foster our prayer. These are the artists and artisans in the parish who know not only what is beautiful, but what is capable of serving this community’s prayer. They meet monthly and as needed to prepare the space.
Eucharistic ministers have the sacred task of ministering Christ’s body and blood to the Body of Christ, the Church. They name for each of us the gifts we have offered and the gifts we receive: “The Body of Christ. The Blood of Christ.” They are privileged to serve all who approach the table with reverence as they would their closest friend.
Lectors proclaim the readings from scripture and announce the intentions of the General Intercessions. This ministry is for those who take a special delight in the Word of God and for whom scripture is a regular part of their prayer life. It also requires a strong presence and voice to be able to proclaim the Word of God with conviction and authenticity in a large room full of people. The ministry of lector is open to adults and youth who have been confirmed. All lectors must attend one of two lector retreats/workshops.
Liturgical dance/movement ministers lead the community in prayer and find a way to God through the use of movement and dance. They pray with their bodies and are comfortable doing so in a public setting. Formal dance training, while helpful, is not necessary.
Ritual Assistants help to carry various objects needed for the liturgy in processions throughout the year. These add color, vibrancy, and solemnity to our liturgies. They may carry banners, candles, flowers, books, and any other objects needed for the liturgy. This ministry is open to parishioners of all ages. Rehearsals are usually in the hour before the liturgy but special occasions may call for a rehearsal on another day.
Sacristans are the “homemakers” of the parish, of the house of the church. Members of the team keep the various sacristies clean and organized, make sure needed supplies are available, and help prepare the church for the various liturgies including weekends, weekdays, and funerals.
Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality
Ushers/ministers of hospitality are the first of Christ’s faces to greet God’s people as they assemble for prayer. Their greeting of welcome is the first wish that “The Lord Be With You.” Theirs is a word that welcomes the stranger to be at home. Theirs is the Lord’s face and voice for those who enter and depart the holy ground of prayer. In addition to this welcoming presence, they help to seat the community when necessary, hand out the song sheets, assist with any special needs, take up the offering, facilitate the communion procession, hand out bulletins at the end of Mass, and stay after liturgy to tidy up.
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Liturgy of the Eucharist
Monday through Friday: 12:10 PM
Saturday Vigil: 5 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Native Community Mass: 1:30 PM